Slow no-wake boating restriction on St. Croix River

One of the wettest Mays on record has caused water levels on the St. Croix River to rise to the point where boaters will be required to operate at slow no-wake speeds to minimize shoreline erosion between Taylors Falls, Minn., and Prescott, Wis.

The special restriction, authorized by state rules in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is triggered when the St. Croix level reaches 683 feet above sea level at Stillwater. Officials from Wisconsin, Minnesota and the U.S. National Park Service will post signs regarding the slow no-wake requirement at all public accesses, and marina operators have been notified. The rule is aimed at reducing shoreline erosion and resulting property damage in areas not usually susceptible to wave action at lower water levels.

The slow no-wake rule remains in effect until the water level recedes below the 683-foot level. Boaters should consult the National Weather Service Web site for the latest updates on current and projected water levels:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mpx&gage=stlm5

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